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ID:EHG3006
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Name:Excavation - Applecross Broch, Wester Ross (2008 Season)
Organisation:Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project
Date:July 2008

Description

Archaeological excavations were carried out by Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project assisted by professional archaeologists, over two weeks in July 2008, for the third season of investigations at the broch site at Applecross, Wester Ross. A third quadrant, trench 4, was opened on the eastern side of the site. The possible souterrain located in the extension of trench 2 was also further explored. An additional three outlying trenches, trenches 5, 6 and 7, were opened in an effort to understand the extent of the site. Three phases of occupation were revealed: pre-broch usage, the broch occupation and later restructuring of the broch. <1> <2>

A full report on all the investigations from 2006 to 2010 has also been produced. <3>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

Cannel coal bangle fragment (photo by John Wombell)  © North of Scotland Archaeology SocietyInner and outer broch wall and intramural gallery overview in T1; 'Outer' wall [0423] visible behind outer broch wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking along the structure's entrance [0455] along S wall [0457] with the steepness of it clearly visible; also shows good view of the steps [0458] (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking over passage entrance [0460] and slabbed path [0476] outside it (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggInner broch wall [0409] emerging by intramural gallery [0414]; notice the narrow width of the wall (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggT4 intramural gallery, photo shows lack of definition in outer wall  here (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggT4 intramural gallery curved stop wall [0418] (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOverlooking T4 intramural gallery [0419] with outer wall rubble—showing lack of definable outer wall outer face (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOuter broch wall outer face in N side of T4? Or secondary poorly rebuilt wall face for later entrance-corner of S entrance face wall [0457] (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOverview of T1, S quadrant of site, [0440] visible between inner/outer walls; photo shows how much more solid the outer wall look compared to inner wall (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggSE site edge with inner wall passage [0437] in centre of photo; photo shows confusion and lack of definition over outer walls here (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOverview of T4, photo shows slabbed surface [0432] in bottom centre of photo amidst rubble (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOverview of T2: notice end of gallery [0453] and structural fill between walls in top centre of photo (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggT6 during excavation; rubble overlying feature that will emerge below (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggN end of T6 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggT5 during excavation (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggLine of stone slabs laid against inner wall inner face in T4 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggExcavating over rubble wall [0607] in T6 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggPossible wall [0607] in back, rubble overlying the metal-working evidence in foreground (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggClose-up inside Cut (0604) excavated (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggProbably metal-working remains [0610] (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggMetal-working evidence in photo centre, in T6, showing a dark ashy fill around it and substantial amount of stone cobble below it (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggMetal working area and burnt layer next to it (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggDark fill overlying [0476] in possible souterrain passage entrance (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggPlanning in progress, overlooking T4 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggPre-broch passage entrance [0460] (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy Dagg

Reports

Interim fieldwork report  © Applecross Archaeology Society and the authors (File size: 15156 KB)2007 season excavation report  © Highland Archaeology Services Ltd and The Authors (File size: 1631 KB)Fieldwork report  © Applecross Archaeology Society (File size: 15641 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 71183 44330 (29m by 24m) (Centred)
Map Sheet:NG74SW
Civil Parish:APPLECROSS
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Applecross Broch

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M and McCullagh, C. 2008. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Interim Report no. 3, Rev. 1. Applecross Archaeology Society. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Wood, J. 2008. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Excavation and Site Presentation. Highland Archaeology Services Ltd. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M. 2012. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project 2006-2010: Data Structure Report on the 2006-2010 Excavations. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project. Digital.

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